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Pain so bad you can't function well or go to work?

MeeshaMMeesha Posts: 55
Has anyone else had this? That's where I am now. I can't even get out to see a doctor. I made an appointment to get an ESI injection, but was told I couldn't get one for 2 or more months.
discectomy in June 2010 - success! No sciatic pain, just some remaining numbness in foot. And I get charlie horses a lot.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 10,038
    it would almost be impossible to list all the times over the past 35 years that I felt the way you described.

    Pain either prevented me for doing what I should be doing or the Medication blocked me from doing those things.

    Some times its just a matter of what you can tolerate, and how well you body can adapt.

    Looking back over my years at IBM, I am amazed that 1- I got myself to work driving and 2- Did the job that needed to get down. Yes, and over those 34+ years there times after surgery that I could not work or times with major flareups that I needed time off.

    Finally all of that did wear my body down. My last 5 years with the company, I spent working from home 100% of the time. While that helped, my work as a programmer sitting by a computer all day still took its toll.

    Pain is very subjective. Only you know what you can do and what you cant do.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Thanks. I guess many people have been in this situation. Right now sitting, standing and walking are bad. I only get relief from lying down. But I make sure to get up, walk, and sit during the day. At times, it's a little easier.

    I started taking Lyrica. Does this take a few days to work? I'm on my 2nd day.
    discectomy in June 2010 - success! No sciatic pain, just some remaining numbness in foot. And I get charlie horses a lot.
  • I'm sorry to hear you have to wait so long for a PM Dr. Can your primary Dr. help you out with meds while you're waiting? I haven't worked in 2 years and just now am getting relief from my 6th epidural with my 3rd PM Dr. Heat has helped my back and leg as well as icing after walking. I use a cane to help with walking and temporarily used a walker with a seat to get out there. May you have success and pain relief seeing your Dr. Wishing you healing thoughts. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I work part-time w/flexible hours and when I got to the point where I couldn't make it to work most days or even last 2 hours per day, I knew it was time for surgery. Beside work, I was unable to do anything that involved walking more then a few feet and spent the better part of a year always resting to try to get pain free. Didn't work. Am glad I had my surgery.
  • I totally hear what you're saying. I can't count how many times the pain had laid me out good and it's so sad that so many people have the same experience. Have you tried using ice and heat? It will take a little while for the Lyrica to fully kick in so remember to take it as prescribed. Were you given any other meds like a muscle relaxer or Tramadol or Lortab? If you can, try taking an NSAID like Motrin or Naproxen for the inflammation.

    I hope you get some relief soon and that this pain flare goes away. Take care
  • I'm so sorry you're going through such a hard time. My pain has also prevented me from doing a lot of things, and since I'm graduating in a little over a month, I'm terrified to start working eight hours a day. Being a full time student with severe sciatic nerve pain is hard enough! I can't tell you how many classes I've missed because I was in so much pain that I couldn't even get out of bed. I really hope things get better for you. :-)
  • I had a ALIF/PLIF fusion in this past October. And the pain is out of control. Im also having nasty spasms in my right leg, and have horrendous hip and leg pain. Ive been referred to the pain clinic, for a possible spinal cord stimulator. The pain is so bad, that I have applied for disability. The surgeon has said that Im at MMI, which is frustrating. Im taking a ton of pills. Nothing seems to help anymore. Im hoping that the pain clinic will be able to get my pain under control. I guess I thought by having the surgery, I would come out a new person, I guess I was wrong.
  • What is your surgeons take on your condition? Have you been evaluated by any other surgeon to see if there is some underlying cause for your pain? A spinal cord stimulator tends to have limited to no effect if there is still a mechanical reason behind the pain. 7 months out from such a big surgery seems to be a bit soon to make the determination about reaching MMI. At least that's what most surgeons will tell you.

    Sorry you are having such a tough go of things. Hope the docs help get your pain managed for you.

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